Labyrinthine Pile by Richard H. Fay


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Post April 09, 2009, 10:07:22 PM

Labyrinthine Pile by Richard H. Fay

Interesting contrast here to the previously mentioned haiku (Landis').

There's no shock value per se. Instead, Richard seemed to aim for maximum evocation.

Line 1: labyrinthine pile
The only thing is I'm not sure which sense this "pile" is. That's why it's fun to have a forum. Maybe I can plead and wheedle the author to be gracious enough to lift the veil of ignorance and appreciate his masterstroke.

Line 2: doorways lead nowhere
Here we go, now I can have fun. We can play in:
Adventure's Twisty Little Passages All Alike.
The slipstream choices of Quantum Leap
Twisted dead ends of a broken psyche

Line 3: lost souls bewildered
Now we invert the choices
Twisted Psyche still works
New Religious Variant appears with capital Lost Soul
Twisty Passages inhabitant is lost soul with small letters.

If I shift "doorways" to "roads", this perfectly described my terror of travel before I got a gps system. Lost soul indeed!

Bravo again.
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Post April 10, 2009, 01:08:26 AM

In this instance: pile - a very large building or complex of buildings.

Thus, "labyrinthine pile" means a very large construct or complex built like a labyrinth.
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Post April 10, 2009, 01:15:13 AM

Re: Labyrinthine Pile by Richard H. Fay

TaoPhoenix wrote: ...New Religious Variant appears with capital Lost Soul
Twisty Passages inhabitant is lost soul with small letters.


Lost souls as in roving spectres caught in the maze designed to bewilder just such roaming spirits.

Of course, living souls would work, too, but that interpretation would probably make the piece less-than-speculative in nature.
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